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When Chris Christie briefly considered a bid for the White House in 2011, many suggested the popular New Jersey Governor was too fat to be President. However, if he decides to run in 2016 his weight may be less of a burden; in an interview with the New York Post, Christie has revealed that he underwent secret gastric-band surgery earlier this year, and observers say it is already paying off.

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Lindsay Lohan calls rehab a 'blessing' on David Letterman show

Lindsay Lohan has called her time in rehab a “blessing”.

Changing of the guard: late-night hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno as Tonight show host after 22-year stint

The landscape of America’s late-night television is about to shift, after Jay Leno, host of NBC’s Tonight show for 22 years, confirmed he would depart in spring 2014, to be replaced by the more youthful Jimmy Fallon.

Lindsey Vonn is airlifted to hospital

Lindsey Vonn to undergo surgery after serious crash that saw her airlifted from mountain

The American skiier lost control at the World Championships in Schladming

Lindsey Vonn is airlifted to hospital

Skiing poster girl Lindsey Vonn airlifted to hospital after serious crash

American skier has been romantically linked with Tiger Woods

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones at the Kennedy Center awards

Led Zeppelin get a whole lotta love from President Barack Obama

They may have been sitting down in their tuxes rather than tearing across the stage in their flares, but in the words of Barack Obama: “Guys who are not completely youthful can still rock.”

London Boris Johnson poses with the bronze statue of a bull outside the Bombay Stock Exchange

Boris Johnson praises India tax regime as he urges cut in UK top rate

The Chancellor George Osborne should think about cutting the top rate of income tax, Boris Johnson said today as he praised India for having a more attractive regime for entrepreneurs.

Page 3 Profile: Thomas Arne, Composer of Rule, Britannia!

Don't you mean Edward Elgar?

David Cameron visits Brazil to boost trade links

Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Brazil today on a trip to boost UK trade links with one of the world's fastest growing economies.

'London created America' Boris Johnson tells Letterman

Mayor says he has "as much chance of being reincarnated as an olive" as he has of being Prime Minister

From Zeros to heroes... the rise and rise of a superband

If you have seen Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, you will know they are the next big thing. As they tour the festivals of Europe, Sarah Morrison meets them in Paris

Screen Talk: Royal flush

Fox Searchlight has marked a comedy spec script from Easy A writer Bert Royal with a gold star.

Caught in the Net: Old-school beats from Barcelona

Comedian, actress and ideas guru Anna Faris is also a movie producer selling ideas around town. Faris just sold an untitled comedy pitch to Paramount based on a funny incident that happened to her in real life.

The Reading List: Stand-up comedy

Last week UK comics voted Daniel Kitson the funniest man in Britain. But what books should budding stand-ups not put down?

Steven Tyler thinks idols need time to succeed

Steven Tyler doesn't think 'American Idol' is the best way to find new musical talent.

Caught in the Net: Clap your hands for Rye Rye's new single

I tend to find any song with a recurring handclap motif hard to resist: such is the case with the new single by Baltimore artist Rye Rye. "Sunshine" is a giddy dash of electro rap – get it at ind.pn/ doyex7.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

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Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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